Saturday, February 25, 2023

Feb. 25: DEP Has Collected Water Samples From Nearly Every Private Well In PA Within One Mile of Norfolk Southern Derailment Site; Results Expected Next Week

On February 25, the Department of Environmental Protection said it has completed collecting samples from 13 of the 16 known residential wells within a mile radius of the derailment site in Pennsylvania and is working to schedule testing of wells between one mile and two miles next week. 

Results from the first round of testing are expected next week.

Concerned residents who are beyond the two-mile radius are encouraged to reach out to DEP to request testing by calling 412-442-4000.

“The Department of Environmental Protection has been on the scene since the first hours after the Norfolk Southern train derailment, and we will stay in communities like Darlington Township as long as it takes to assure Pennsylvanians their air, water, and environment are safe,” said Acting DEP Secretary Rich Negrin, who visited communities in Beaver County twice this week. “DEP staff is on the ground right now, professionally and efficiently taking independent samples of drinking water near the derailment site so that Pennsylvanians can have the information they need to keep themselves and their families safe.”

DEP is using its own laboratories to test for volatile organic compounds that were on some of the train cars, including vinyl chloride, ethylene glycol, butyl acrylates, ethylhexyl acrylate, benzene, and ethanol.  

More information and updates can be found on the PA Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) online Train Derailment Dashboard

Visit DEP’s Train Derailment webpage for additional information.

Related Updates Last Week: 

-- Feb. 22: Gov. Shapiro Ensuring Local PA Fire Departments Are Reimbursed By Norfolk Southern For Contaminated Equipment  [PaEN]

-- Feb. 21: Gov. Shapiro Visits Ohio/EPA Train Derailment Site; Beaver County To Give Update Hear More From Residents; Case Referred To AG For Criminal Investigation  [PaEN]

-- ​​Feb. 20: DEP Provides Update On Actions Monitoring Air, Water For Impacts From Ohio/PA Train Derailment  [PaEN]

[Posted: February 25, 2023]  PA Environment Digest

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